This resident is tired of mayor

Dear Editor:

Re: “He’s tired...”, Thursday, June 20

If our mayor is so tired of complaints from taxpayers, I suggest perhaps he should resign.

However, there doesn’t seem to be any councillor who could take his place. 

I, too, am very tired of our mayor and councillors rubber-stamping everything and anything developers propose.  

As an example, the “faceless” housing going up at great speed, most  of which include a “shoot-up” room.

I suggest these individuals who must have their “fix” be shipped off to some remote area (in the woods somewhere) to rid themselves of their demons. 

Maybe take along the mayor, the councillors and developers as well. Maybe they will change their minds about wet rooms in these homes.

One other item (while I’m on a rant): the tearing up of streets to provide for bike lanes.

Take a drive down Sutherland (between Richter and Pandosy) and you will see the mess the city made of that area. 

I would hate to be on that street if ever an emergency vehicle had to pass through. One third of that street has been dedicated to cyclists.

Mr. Mayor and Councillors, not everyone can cycle, walk, work and live downtown in highrises where parking spaces are a rarity, as you would like us to believe. 

How do you get to and from work? 

Of course, you have reserved parking at City Hall, so you’re OK.

Would be very interesting to hear about that.



Enlist in the war against the weed

Dear Editor:

Re: “Study to control weed receives B.C. funding,” Daily Courier, June 20.

The new funding to control this invasive weed is very welcome.

For years, I have dug out knapweed wherever I’ve found it within several blocks of our house and the proposed linear park along Belleview Creek.

It is important to destroy the plants before the 140,000 seeds per plant mature and can propagate.

Put them in your green bin as the heat of composting will destroy the seeds and roots.

The plant is easy to recognize.

If we each dig our part along roadsides and vacant lots near our homes, significant progress could be made in controlling this and other invasive weeds.

Carolyn Basham,


Raptors beats climate debate

Dear Editor:

I am sure the parade celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship was an exciting event.

But, I have to question the priorities of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

All three attended the victory parade in Toronto while an important debate and vote was taking place in Parliament.

The House of Commons passed a motion declaring climate change a national emergency, and Elizabeth May was the only federal leader present during the debate.

Climate breakdown and issues surrounding it is the most serious threat humankind has faced, and the subject deserves the immediate attention of all our leaders.

This is reminiscent of Nero fiddling while Rome burns.

Shelagh Levey, Saanich

Tanker traffic will be controlled

Dear Editor:

Re: “Planning ahead for the worst; Canada-U.S. oil-spill drills practise response to major tanker accident,” May 26.

In the oil-spill response exercises in our area, a Western Canadian Marine Response Corp. spokesman reminded us that Washington state already had much more marine traffic off its shores than would ensue here with the extended pipeline.

A past Victoria Times-Colonist article, written by David Smiley, a former pilot of large crude carriers in the Middle East, dealt with the issue of tanker traffic in an informative manner.

He outlined the many busier maritime areas in the world where potentially dangerous marine traffic was monitored and guided down specific marine lanes, avoiding collisions.

Marine tanker traffic on the West Coast of British Columbia will be similarly controlled.

Malcolm Oakes,


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